By Lahav Harkov
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has complained that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas encouraged violence against Jews in Jerusalem. Following a vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, “This is how Abbas’s partners in government [Hamas] act. This is the same Abbas who, only a few days ago, incited toward a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.”
Netanyahu, consulting with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, and Shin-Bet Director Yoram Cohen, ordered that security forces in Jerusalem be reinforced following Wednesday’s attack, in which a Palestinian driver plowed into a crowd at the Givat HaTachmoshet light-rail station, killing an infant and wounding seven other people. The driver was shot by police while attempting to escape.
“Not even Satan could create sufficient vengeance for the blood of a three-month-old baby,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said. “An enemy that murders babies must be treated as such.”
Bennett called for police to treat every rock-thrower and arsonist as a terrorist. Politicians on the right blamed what they called the government’s complacency toward ongoing violence in Jerusalem for leading to the attack.
Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel, whose ministry is a short walk from the Ammunition Hill station where the attack took place, said, “The violence in Jerusalem reached its peak today. The reality in recent months of repeated violent incidents by [Arabs] must stop.”
“It started with throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and continued to deteriorate and today, unfortunately, Jewish blood was spilled,” he said.
Ariel demanded that Netanyahu and Aharonovich take action against those who seek to harm Israeli citizens and increase police forces in Jerusalem to stop the deterioration of security in the capital.
Knesset Finance Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) called to put an end to the “silent intifada” and bring security back to the streets of Jerusalem.
“Once again we see that any concessions in Jerusalem, specifically on the Temple Mount, is seen by the other side as weakness and increases terrorism,” he posited. “The time has come for the government of Israel to give clear instructions and the means for security forces to act against the rock-throwing and other attacks.”
MK Danny Danon (Likud) said there is a war in Jerusalem and terrorism must be fought without hesitation. “The blood of Jerusalem’s residents has become cheap. The time has come to stop the rioters, the Arabs of east Jerusalem who are led by extremist leaders. They have to know that there is zero tolerance for such acts,” he stated.
MK Eli Yishai (Shas) said the government’s apathy toward the wave of rock-throwing in east Jerusalem encourages terrorists. “For a long time, residents of Jerusalem are hopeless hostages in facing the growth of Arab rioting. A terrorist is a terrorist, whether he is throwing a rock or holding a gun. They face the same fate and they should be stopped with the same determination,” he said. Yishai called for demolishing terrorists’ homes to deter others from carrying out attacks. (JPost.com)